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Graduate Spotlight: Trev Mealing (YMCA Lincolnshire)

Congratulations to Trev Mealing who has been selected as Employee of the Year in the 2016 Lincolnshire Business Awards, in recognition of the work he has been doing with YMCA Lincolnshire. In addition to his own personal successes and progression, Trev’s selection reflected his significant contribution to the wider YMCA training team, who received the Excellence in Training award.

Trev (right) receiving his Employee of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards. (Photo: LincolnshireLive)
 

Trev started volunteering at the YMCA during the final year of his BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. After hearing about a friend’s positive experiences he signed up as a volunteer gym instructor, a position that he recalls “allowed me to develop my skills further, help special population gym members to achieve their goals, and put into practice some of the new academic theory that I was learning on my degree – a true win for all involved!” As his confidence grew Trev felt able to start using his initative and make suggestions about possible improvements to the services offered. In recognition of his contributions, Trev became a paid member of staff before being invited by Dan Rogers – Commercial Manager for YMCA Lincolnshire – to become a tutor in their new Teaching Centre. The success of this initiative resulted first in a full-time position and then in Trev becoming the Lead Tutor, managing the Centre as a Head of Department.

“In the four years of commercial operation we have managed to make a great deal of partnerships with other training and education provides in the county…and now have funded contracts to help support those most in need, in addition to our core area of delivery – nationally-recognised vocational fitness-based accreditations such as Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer.”

The School were delighted to invite Trev to deliver the keynote presentation for our recent Opportunities Fair. Sharing his career experiences to date and emphasising the benefits of volunteering, Trev encouraged students to believe in themselves and not always simply take the easiest option. “Work hard, ask questions, and never be afraid of asking for help! This will give you the best outcome! Hard work is always rewarded, sometimes not as instantly, or as we first envisage, but it will be rewarded!”

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Trev delivering his keynote presentation to open the School’s Opportunities Fair
 

The Opportunities Fair provided the chance for students from across the School’s programmes to meet local employers and voluntary organisations, as well as seek guidance from the University’s careers and volunteering teams. The evening was a great success, with lots of contacts made and ideas exchanged, and we are very grateful to the following organisations for supporting the event: Lincolnshire Sport, Lincolnshire FA, Lincolnshire Council Volunteer Youth Services, University of Lincoln Sports Centre, Lincolnshire Scouts, Lincolnshire YMCA, OSB Events (Lincoln Half Marathon), Lincoln Golf Club, UoL Careers Team, Lincoln SU Activities and Volunteering Office.

Meet the Graduates

On March 15th the School was delighted to welcome back twelve alumni for the Meet The Graduates 2016 event. After brief introductions to themselves, their current roles and the paths their currents have taken since graduation, the alumni met more informally with students to share their experiences and advice.

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The twelve were:

Peter Allison (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Disability Football Officer, East Ridings County FA

Sophie Bartup (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Football Development Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Konrad Bem (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Business Intern, British Athletics

Mica Girling (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Sport Science), Assistant Partnership & Community Development Manager, Cherry Willingham Community School

Emma Lewis (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Personal Trainer (specialising in weight management), David Lloyd Fitness

Trevor Mealing (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Training Manager, YMCA

Simon Mowbray and Stuart King (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Co-founders of Multi Sport Pro

Dale Read (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), PhD researcher in the physical demands of rugby, Leeds Beckett University

Lucy Roy (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Personal trainer and Sports Massage

Katherine Voice (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), PE teacher and Games Organiser

Tom Weal (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching) Goalkeeping Coach at Huddersfield Town FC and part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Thank you to all of the speakers for supporting the event – it was great to hear about what you’ve already achieved as well as your current projects – and to Lindsay Brown and the Alumni Office for planning the evening.